After reading the unpublished scene from Atlas Shrugged--in her lecture "The Spirit of Francisco"--Shoshana Milgram provides the following commentary:
What Francisco said is pervasive and significant in Ayn Rand's fiction--although generally without close verbal equivalents: "When we turn a corner, there will always be something exciting and wonderful there--we will be there."
What is Francisco saying here? In miniature, I think it's the Fountainhead. It's the self-sufficient ego--invulnerable, uncrushable. It's the reverence of the noble soul for itself. We will be there. We will be what we have made of ourselves.
And for the evil characters, their hell is what they've done to themselves. Consider: "the burning pressure on his temples and the faint, dizzying, nausea of unreality came from the fact that he could not recapture the sense of being Dr Robert Stadler."
For Dr Stadler, he is no longer there. Not after what he's done. Around every corner he will seek in vain the self he betrayed--and instead of "the fearless mind and the inviolate truth," he'll find something awful: the mind he betrayed.
Similarly, James Taggart, who shaped his evil self long ago and has been running from the awareness of it ever since, is destroyed by the vision--so to speak--of himself.
"The sight he was confronting was within him." For James Taggart, beyond every corner and at the end of every blind alley--once the fog is cleared away--there is and will always be something horrible: he will be there.
...with Wynand, that's the great tragedy. It's that he's not there, he's committed the unforgivable sin: the treason against his own greatness.
But the good news is that the fullfillment of one's own promise, by contrast, is (for example) Rearden's triumph. On the night of Dagny's broadcast, when Rearden tells Dagny everything he's learned and accepted--including her use of the past tense (in talking about their relationship)--Dagny sees his spiritual achievement.
"Looking up at his face, she realized that, for the first time, he was what she always thought him intended to be--a man with an immense capacity for the joy of existence. The taut look of endurance, of fiercely unadmitted pain, was gone. Now, in the midst of the wreckage and of his hardest hour, his face had the serenity of pure strength. It had the look she had seen in the faces of the men in the valley."
...For Ayn Rand's heroes--from Kira, with her enduring smile and her salute to the possibilities of life--to Prometheus, in the act of discovering the self as the greatest treasure--to The Fountainhead itself and the great-souled heroes of Atlas--spiritual splendour is the reward that at every moment, and forever, will always be there. It's what can't be lost.
Whatever the turns of the plot, whatever the setbacks and difficulties, they will be there.